Monday, December 31, 2007

The Christmas Goose

My daughter says we are becoming a regular Charlotte's Web around here. This is our latest:


About a week before Christmas we had some nasty weather move through our part of Michigan - very dense, heavy fog and moisture in the air that began to freeze on roads and everything else! When the fog finally cleared a bit in the early afternoon and I could see out to the pasture, I saw a goose. (I had to get the binoculars to really see what it was - at first I thought it was an injured deer or dog - LOL!) Anyway, I didn't think any more about it until the next morning, when the goose had moved closer to the barn. I watched it for awhile and it appeared weak. When I went to do chores, I took some corn and oats out to throw to it. It moved away from me but when I went back to the barn it quickly moved in and gobbled up that feed!!!

A little while later it seemed to be feeling brighter and was even honking some. It is in the pasture with the sheep and comes close to the barn but will not go in. Now, this wasn't so bad when the temperatures were hovering around 36 degrees, but now we are getting very cold temps and more snows! But, I can't coax her in (I don't really know if it is a he or a she - LOL) I took out a flake of straw for it to make a bed plus a small rubber water pan and I keep taking her feed.

I guess a goose knows if she gets to cold/wet that she needs to come in the barn, right? I mean, geese do live in the wild, so I am not to worried about that - the barn door is open and she is free to come in if she chooses to. But so far she has made a nest in that straw and seems content to let me come within about ten feet of her and throw her some feed.

So we have a Christmas goose that came to visit and decided to stay. A goose is one animal that I never had any desire to have...but Bill and Alex tell me they have always wanted one.


And now, I feel like she has chosen to live here with us, for however long, that
I kind of like having a goose, too!

(If anyone has any tips on goose care, I would be happy to hear them!)

Happy New Years Eve Everyone!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas Around The World....

And at home ;)

With the hustle of Christmas, I am late in getting this photo and thank you posted about my Christmas Around The World Swap package. It did indeed arrive before Christmas from JoAnn, the Cape Sox Knitter!


Her card read:

Christmas Around The World 2007
Something to knit from ~ Sugar & Cream Yarn
Something to knit with ~ Patterns for Kitchen
Something hand knitted ~ Scarf...100% wool (see photo below); dishcloths...100% cotton
Something for taste ~ Chocolate Snowmen (ummm, already eaten when this photo was taken!)
Something for soul ~ Book "Five People You Meet In Heaven"
Something to hang on tree ~ Snowmen (I'm not sure if you can see the two little fat guys hanging on my mini tree, but they are there) There are also a row of snowmen candles

Thank you JoAnn!!! And I must tell you, the beautiful scarf you knit was hugely popular at my LYS Christmas pajama party!!! Your package arrived the day of the party, and my "pajamas" (also known as my "pod") are the perfect shade of blue to show off the scarf. We were all looking at it, to figure out the stitch...(seed stitch on large needles???)

Here is a photo from a grand evening of fun from the shop:


That is me and the scarf on the far right, next to Suzanne (shop owner), and two of our very favorite friends and knitters, Lois (in red looking like Santa's favorite helper) and Nellie (in flannel) on the far left. Both Nellie and Suzanne are wearing handknit socks, and Nellie is also wearing her felted slippers. I don't know if you can quite see them, but I am also wearing my sheep slippers (both my pod and my slippers were gifts from my sister!)

We had a great turn out that night and so much fun and food and fiber/yarn was shared! We are trying to think of a good excuse to have another....hmmmm...By the way, if you are ever in the middle of the mitten (mid-Michigan) be sure to stop by a really fun yarn shop and coffee house ~ Sip-n-Knit in Ithaca!

Finally, thank you to the hosts of Christmas Around The World Swap, I had a great time. It was especially fun shopping for and getting to know Kathy, who I gifted to. As she said, our lives are so very different and far apart and we might never have met but for this swap...and isn't that what swaps (and Christmas') are all about?

Merry Christmas Everyone!